Metabolism and Excretion: Metabolized by CYP3A and to a small extent by CYP2D6; 86.2 eliminated in feces, 8.2% in urine.
Half-life: 3–4 hr.
Concurrent use of other drugs for which ↑ or ↓ blood levels would be associated with serious/life-threatening toxicity/adverse reactions or loss of effectiveness including alfuzosin, dronedarone, rifampin, irinotecan, dihydroergotamine, drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol (when used with atazanavir only), ergotamine, methylergonovine, St. John's wort, lovastatin, simvastatin, pimozide, nevirapine, sildenafil (when used for pulmonary hypertension), indinavir, ranolazine, colchicine, lurasidone, pimozide, triazolam, midazolam (oral), carbamazepine, phenobarbital, and phenytoin
Concurrent use with other antiretrovirals whose blood levels/effectiveness may be ↓ or risk of resistance ↑
Lactation: HIV-infected women should not breastfeed due to risk of viral transmission.
Use Cautiously in:
Concurrent use of tenofovir (↑ risk of acute renal failure or Fanconi syndrome)
OB: Use during pregnancy only if potential benefits justify fetal risks
Pedi: Safety and effectiveness not established.
Adverse Reactions/Side Effects
Noted for combination use with atazanavir
EENT: ocular icterus
GI: jaundice, nausea
GU: acute renal failure (↑ with tenofovir), Fanconi syndrome (↑ with tenofovir)
* CAPITALS indicate life-threatening. Underline indicate most frequent.
Due to the potential for interactions, regimens should be reviewed during any changes (starting or stopping medications or altering dose). Because cobicistat is used in conjunction with darunavir or atazanavir, those interactions are considered here.
Concurrent use with alfuzosin ↑ risk of potentially life threatening reactions and is contraindicated.
↑ blood levels/risk of potentially dangerous adverse reactions with dronedarone; concurrent use contraindicated.
Concurrent use with nevirapine may ↓ levels/effectiveness of atazanavir and ↑ levels/risk of adverse reactions from nevirapine; concurrent use contraindicated.
↑ risk of adverse reactions including visual disturbances, hypotension, priapism and syncope with sildenafil; contraindicated when used for pulmonary hypertension.
↑ blood levels and risk of potentially life threatening reactions from ranolazine; concurrent use contraindicated.
↑ blood levels and risk of potentially life threatening reactions from colchicine; concurrent use contraindicated in patients with renal and/or hepatic impairment.
↑ blood levels and risk of potentially life threatening reactions from lurasidone; concurrent use contraindicated.
↑ blood levels and risk of potentially life threatening reactions, including arrhythmias, from pimozide; concurrent use contraindicated in patients with renal and/or hepatic impairment.
Concurrent use with indinavir in a regimen containing atazanavir ↑ risk of hyperbilirubinemia and is contraindicated.
↑ risk of prolonged sedation/respiratory depression with oral midazolam and triazolam; concurrent use contraindicated.
↑ risk of hyperkalemia from drosperinone/ethinyl estradiol when used in a regimen containing atazanavir and cobicistat; concurrent use contraindicated.
Concurrent use of more than one antiretroviral that requires another agent to ↑ blood levels, such as two protease inhibitors or a protease inhibitor in conjunction with elvitegravir may ↓ antiretroviral effectiveness; concurrent use is not recommended.
Concurrent use of darunavir concurrently with efavirenz, nevirapine, or etravirine may ↓ antiretroviral effectiveness and ↑ risk of resistance; concurrent use is not recommended.
Concurrent use of atazanavir with etravirine or efavirenz (in treatment-experienced patients) may ↓ antiretroviral effectiveness and ↑ risk of resistance; concurrent use is not recommended.
Concurrent use of darunavir at a dose of 600 mg twice daily may ↓ antiretroviral effectiveness and ↑ risk of resistance; concurrent use at that dose is not recommended.
Concurrent use of other protease inhibitors, including fosamprenavir, saquinavir, tipranavir may ↓ antiretroviral effectiveness and ↑ risk of resistance; concurrent use is not recommended.
Should not be used concurrently with other cobicistat-containing fixed-dose combinations or ritonavir-containing regimens or fixed-dose combinationsdue to cumulative effects on CYP3A.
↑ levels of maraviroc; (↓ maraviroc dose to 150 mg twice daily.
Antacids ↓ absorption of atazanavir; separate doses by 2 hr.
Oxcarbazepine ↓ levels of cobicistat and atazanavir; consider alternative anticonvulsants or antiretroviral.
May ↑ levels of clonazepam; careful anticonvulsant monitoring recommended.
May ↑ levels/effects of tricyclic antidepressants and trazodone ; careful dosing of antidepressants recommended (effect on SSRIs in unknown).
Concurrent use with itraconazole, ketoconazole, and voriconazole may result in ↑ levels of itraconazole and ketoconazole (effect on voriconazole is unknown) and ↑ levels of atazanavir, cobicistat and darunavir; voriconazole use not recommended.
↑ levels/risk of adverse reactions with colchicine; concurrent use in patients with renal/hepatic impairment not recommended; for others, ↓ dose ( for gout flare– 0.6 mg followed by 0.3 mg one hr later, may repeat no sooner than 3 days for prophylaxis of gout flare– if dose was originally 0.6 mg twice daily, ↓ to 0.3 mg once daily, if original regimen was 0.6 mg once daily, ↓ to 0.3 mg every other day for treatment of familial Mediterranean fever– daily dose should not exceed 0.6 mg or 0.3 mg twice daily).
↑ levels/effects/risk of adverse reaction including neutropenia and uveitis with rifabutin; ↓ rifabutin dose to 150 mg every other day.
↑ levels/effects of metoprolol, carvedilol, timolol, or any other beta-blockers metabolized by CYP2D6; clinical monitoring recommended.
Concurrent use of corticosteroids that induce CYP3A, including budesonide, dexamethasone, methylprednisolone, prednisone, or inhaled betamethasone, ciclesonide, fluticasone, mometasone, and triamcinolone, may ↓ levels/effectiveness and ↑risk of resistance to atazanavir or darunavir (consider use of other corticosteroids, such as beclomethasone or prednisolone).
Concurrent use with bosentan may result in ↑ levels/toxicity of bosentan and ↓ levels of atazanavir, darunavir and cobicistat; dose alteration is required ( initiating bosentan in patients already receiving cobicistat with atazanavir or darunavir for 10 days or more– bosentan 62.5 mg daily or every other day, depending on tolerance initiating cobicistat with atazanavir or darunavir in patient already receiving bosentan – discontinue bosentan for 10 days, resume bosentan at 62.5 mg daily or every other day, depending on tolerance.
H2 -receptor antagonists including famotidine may decrease levels/effectiveness and ↑ risk of resistance; administer simultaneously or ≥ 10 hr after H2 –receptor antagonist (dose of H2 –receptor antagonist should not exceed famotidine 40 mg [or equivalent] twice daily in treatment-naïve patients or famotidine 20 mg [or equivalent] twice daily in treatment-experienced patients; atazanavir dose should be ↑ to 400 mg daily).
↑ levels/risk of toxicity from immunosuppressants metabolized by CYP3A including cyclosporine, everolimus, sirolimus, and tacrolimus; therapeutic monitoring recommended.
↑ levels of salmeterol and may ↑risk of serious adverse cardiovascular events; concurrent use is not recommended.
May ↑ levels/risk of respiratory depression with opioids including buprenorphine, buprenorphine/naloxone, fentanyl, and tramadol ; carefully monitor opioid affects when cobicistat with atazanavir or darunavir is initiated, dose adjustment of opioid may be necessary.
May ↑ levels and risk of adverse cardiovascular, ophthalmic and genitourinary effects of PDE-5 inhibitors including avanafil, sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil avanafil use is not recommended, sildenafil – use for pulmonary hypertension is contraindicated, when used for erectile dysfunction single dose should not exceed 25 mg/48 hr, tadalafil – for pulmonary hypertension-initiating tadalafil in patients receiving cobicistat with atazanavir and darunavir for at least 7 days– 20 mg once daily initially, may be titrated to 40 mg once daily, initiating cobicistat with atazanavir or darunavir in patients receiving tadalafil– discontinue tadalafil 24 hr prior to initiating cobicistat with atazanavir or darunavir, after 7 days reinstitute tadalafil at 20 mg once daily, may be increased to 40 mg once daily, for erectile dysfunction single dose should not exceed 10 mg/72 hr vardenafil– for erectile dysfunction single dose should not exceed 2.5 mg/72 hr.
Proton-pump inhibitors including omeprazole ↓ levels/effectiveness and ↑ risk of resistance; in treatment–naïve patients, administer cobicistat with atazanavir or darunavir ≥12 hr after proton-pump inhibitors, dose of proton-pump inhibitor should not exceed omeprazole 20 mg daily or equivalent, in treatment-experienced patients concurrent use with proton-pump inhibitors is not recommended.
↑ levels/ effects and risk of excess sedation/respiratory depression from some sedative/hypnotics metabolized by CYP3A including buspirone, diazepam, and parenteral midazolam ; concurrent with other sedative/hypnotics metabolized by CYP3A should be undertaken with caution, dose ↓ may be necessary.
May ↑ quetiapine levels; ↓ quetiapine dose to 1/6 of current dose.
↑ risk of hyperkalemia from drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol when used in a regimen containing darunavir and cobicistat; closely monitor serum potassium concentrations.
↑ risk of myopathy with atorvastatin and rosuvastatin; avoid concurrent use of atorvastatin with atazanavir and cobicistat; for atazanavir/cobicistat regimens, do not exceed rosuvastatin dose of 10 mg/day; for darunavir/cobicistat regimens, do not exceed atorvastatin or rosuvastatin dose of 20 mg/day.
St. John's wort may ↓ blood levels and antiretroviral effectiveness of atazanavir or darunavir; concurrent use with a regimen including cobicistat is contraindicated.
PO: (Adults treatment-naïve or experienced): 150 mg once daily with atazanavir 300 mg once daily.
PO: (Adults treatment-naïve, treatment-experienced with no darunavir resistance substitutions): 150 mg once daily with darunavir 800 mg once daily.
Tablets: 150 mg
In Combination with: atazanavir (Evotaz); darunavir (Prezcobix); emtricitabine, tenofovir, and elvitegravir (Stribild). See combination drugs.
Assess patient for change in severity of HIV symptoms and for symptoms of opportunistic infections during therapy.
Lab Test Considerations: Assess estimated creatinine clearance before starting therapy; cobicistat decreases estimated creatinine clearance by inhibiting tubular secretion of creatinine without affecting actual renal function.
Assess estimated creatinine clearance, urine glucose, and urine protein if cobicistat administered with tenofovir.
May cause ↑ total bilirubin, creatine kinase, serum amylase, ALT, AST, GGT, urine glucose and urine RBC.
PO: Administer with atazanavir or darunavir once daily with food.
Administer antacids containing aluminum or magnesium at least 2 hr before or after cobicistat and atazanavir.
Administer H2 receptor antagonists at same time or take cobicistat with atazanavir 10 hr after taking H2 receptor antagonists.
Administer cobicistat and atazanavir at least 12 hr after administering proton pump inhibitors.
Explain purpose of cobicistat to patient; cobicistat does not treat HIV and must be taken with antiretroviral medications. Instruct patient to take cobicistat as directed with food and with atazanavir or darunavir on a regular dosing schedule. Take missed doses as soon as remembered if within 12 hr; if more than 12 hr, skip dose and take next dose as scheduled; do not double doses. Do not stop taking cobicistat without consulting health care professional. Advise patient to read Patient Information prior to starting therapy and with each Rx refill in case of change. Also read Patient Information for atazanavir or darunavir.
Instruct patient that cobicistat should not be shared with others.
Advise patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and consult health care professional before taking any new medications, especially St. John's Wort. Cobicistat interacts with many other drugs. Follow instructions for specific timing of or avoiding other medications.
Advise female patient to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breastfeeding.
Emphasize the importance of regular follow-up exams and blood counts to determine progress and monitor for side effects.
Increased blood levels of atazanavir or darunavir leading to slowed progression of HIV infection and decreased occurrence of sequelae.
cobicistat is a sample topic from the Davis's Drug Guide.
Medicine Central™ is a quick-consult mobile and web resource that includes diagnosis, treatment, medications, and follow-up information on over 700 diseases and disorders, providing fast answers—anytime, anywhere. Learn more.